Blocked bends in chimneys
CHIMNEY flues don’t always go straight up from top to bottom. There can be corners and varying widths depending on the style of flue, era it was built in and material used in the construction.
The problem is that if your chimney flue has corners/bends there can be a blockage which is very difficult to clear. It’s certainly no job for a householder because specialised equipment is needed and experience in knowing what to do.
What is ‘chimney flue technician’?
IF YOU live in the wider Kent area – Tunbridge Wells and beyond – you’ll know that your local Master Chimney Sweep is James the Sweep. You may have also noticed that James is not only a Master Sweep but a ‘flue technician’.
What does being a ‘flue technician’ entail?
Gas – let’s take the threat seriously!
EVERYONE loves a warm and snug fire indoors when the colder weather arrives.
That’s why James the Sweep is so busy at this time of year; sweeping chimneys for customers across Kent, from T Wells to Maidstone to Sevenoaks. He is the Master Sweep for the wider Kent region and with that comes a lot of responsibility, ensuring residents have chimneys which are clean enough and fit for purpose.
How much soot is in your chimney?
ANY glance at your chimney will tell you zero about how much soot is stuck inside the structure.
That’s the frustrating thing for householders. It’s not like breadcrumbs on the table left by the kids after a messy meal or dust hiding under the glass cabinet which you can hoover up in a moment.
All you can do is stare at your fireplace and then walk outside and stare at your chimney. And then make the typical comment, ‘Well, I’d better get that chimney swept’.
Discover the medieval chimney at Tonbridge Castle
KENT has many fascinating manor houses and castles to wet the appetite of residents and visitors alike to the garden of England.
Tunbridge Castle is such an impressive building, majestically dominating the friendly town of Tonbridge. And in the castle itself, with all its interesting history and artefacts, there is a structure which is surely the masterpiece for any visitor – the medieval chimney.
Book a sweep in time for Christmas!
Is it too early to mention the word, ‘Christmas’? Whoooops… slip of the brush. Why would we be talking about Santa Claus when we’re still trying our best to lap up the last few weeks of summer; enjoying ice creams when we can, heading to the beach and trying to ignore the fact that the Autumn term starts very soon, the kids are back at school – and colder weather is on the horizon.
Sweeping your own chimney is not recommended
THIS PHOTO gives an indication as to why sweeping your own chimney is probably not a good idea.
Isn’t that a contradiction? James the Sweep has published advice on how to sweep your own chimney – if you really want to do it.
Even so, things can go wrong! For a start, you need the right equipment. Not just a long-handled broom but a VERY long chimney brush with a brush that perfectly fits your chimney flue, to ensure every nook and cranny is cleared of soot. It’s hard work sweeping the chimney and a chimney camera will help you see if the job’s been a success. You may need get up on the roof to check things (is the cowl alright? What do you think?). Ah… birds’ nest. How will you deal with that? Or perhaps bats have taken up residence.
Chimney sweeping that’s clean and tidy
‘No mess, no fuss’ – you’ve heard that saying before. But it’s true when it comes to chimney sweeping services provided by James the Sweep to customers in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough and further parts of Kent.
The thought of a sooty chimney sweep knocking on the door can fill some tidy householders with dread. Perish the thought that the sweep’s hands may touch the pristine doors or smart furniture. Or a sooty shoe may trample across the white rug resulting in a massive clean-up op once the chimney flue is swept.
Never underestimate the dangers of carbon monoxide
CARBON monoxide is often mentioned by James the Sweep and that’s because too many people are not taking the dangers of CO seriously.
It sounds abstract to say that there is a ‘danger in your home’ as thought CO was a bogeyman waiting to pounce.
Yet the simple facts are that about 60 people in the UK die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Don’t forget to get your chimney swept before Autumn!
Summer is still here and everyone is trying their best to get a bit of a holiday before the seasons change.
We all know what it means when the wind picks up and suddenly brown leaves are scuttling down our street. We look out the window and see that the nearby trees have lost their sunny summer aura. There’s something fresh but also vulnerable about the surroundings of nature at this time.
Why James loves sweeping in Southborough
SOUTHBOROUGH is a town where there’s always something happening and that’s why James loves his role as master chimney sweep in the local area.
Kentish towns in general have a relaxed atmosphere, no doubt due to the beautiful natural environment in which people live. Southborough has that aspect but an extra plus-point when it comes to dynamic interaction in the community itself.
Chimney fire in Tunbridge Wells
CHIMNEY fires should never ever happen – but they do and that’s an ongoing tragedy.
Why? Because regular chimney inspections and sweeping prevents the fires happening in the first place.
If you live in the counties of Kent and East Sussex (Tunbridge Wells to Crowborough) then James the Sweep is ready to both inspect and sweep your chimney for you. He is a highly trained and experienced chimney sweep and flue technician. It makes sense to call James (07587 134589).
Brexit… Boris… is your head spinning?
BREXIT… Boris… your head is probably spinning right now with all the things happening in the political scene.
Nobody knows what will happen with the Brexit question: deal or no deal, referendum or no referendum – it’s pretty wild out there in the Westminster circus. We can sense the pandemonium of politics here in the hideaway paradise that is Kent.
7 reasons to book a chimney sweep right now!
HERE are 7 reasons why you should book a chimney sweeping appointment with James the Sweep right now!
BBQ tips from your local sweep
HOT weather equals barbie time. And that doesn’t mean get your dollies out of the cupboard to play with them – we’re talking, of course, about hot, sizzling delicious barbecues.
Before you get the tongs out and pile-up the fridge with stacks of burgers, bangers, steaks and bananas (an acquired taste but nothing beats the sweetness of a chargrilled banana) – put in some time for prep work.
Brexit blues – what can you afford?
‘AFFORDABLE’ – we all love that word. Everyone likes a good bargain? Why pay more when you can pay less, etc?
It’s particularly important in the current financial climate where everyone’s a tad nervous about Brexit. We don’t know what will happen and so it makes sense to keep a tighter control of the purse strings.
5 interesting facts about James – your chimney sweep!
James the Sweep – the Master Chimney Sweep for Tunbridge Wells and nearby areas such as Tonbridge and Southborough. You’ve heard about him often enough and he is a well-known friendly face for many people across towns and villages in the county of Kent (and nearby East Sussex, for that matter).
James has been sweeping chimneys for Kentish homes and local business premises for more than 20 years. He’s had a very colourful life too and below you will find 5 very interesting facts that you didn’t know about James Hughes aka James the Sweep.
What to do if a bird’s nest is in your chimney
NO DOUBT you will be out-and-about enjoying the sunshine now that the summer months are here.
That’s also when you start notice things needing to be fixed in the garden or to the outside of your house: cutting the hedge, weeding out the flower beds, repointing the cement in the wall, putting tiles back in place….and what about that chimney?
If you notice any issues with your chimney such as damaged brickwork or the chimney pot or cowl looks odd – just ask James the Sweep for an opinion.
Yet there’s another issue which tends to come along this time of year and it does require an expert hand to deal with the problem: a bird’s nest in your chimney. At the top, to be precise.
Birds tend to like to feather their nest at the top of chimneys, especially jackdaws. But the problem is that this can damage your building structure. The last thing you want is bits of brickwork tumbling down the flue and into the fireplace.
And if you have a cowl or pot fitted, you won’t want a bird to damage it because that runs the risk of letting damp getting into your building.
What can you do then? Simply ask James the Sweep to deal with the problem.
There are special laws surrounding the removal of birds’ nests, which a qualified and experienced master sweep – such as James – is informed about. The removal of the nest itself also requires a head for heights and a delicate hand so that no damage will be caused. The chimney will also need to be reviewed and swept after the removal of any debris.
In summary, it’s a job for a true professional! Take the worry out of your day if you notice a bird’s nest at the top of your chimney. Phone 07587 134589 for a quotation. Standard charges for removing a bird’s nest cost only £100 for the first hour and then £60 per hour thereafter if the work is complex. Please also note that the bird’s nest is to be disposed by the customer.
Maidstone Zoo: a recap on history
MAIDSTONE and its surrounding area is rich in history and if there’s a place proving the fact – it has to be Cobtree Manor Park, which is the site of the former Maidstone Zoo, the largest private zoo of its time.
The dinosaur found near Southborough – some facts
Southborough is the sort of place where there’s always something interesting happening and that’s been a fact about the town for many years.
James the Sweep has been sweeping chimneys in Southborough for 20 years – and he’s firmly established as the town’s master sweep. If residents need a chimney swept, it’s always James who is called because he is reliable, professional and affordable. He’s known as the ‘Southborough chimney sweep’ and it’s as simple as that.